Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, pop punk band Hartford returns from recording with Rob Freeman (Hit The Lights, Armor For Sleep, Cobra Starship) to bring you their new EP, Room 207! After a quick line up addition, guitarists Pat Monette and Simon Chartrand join lead vocalist and bassist Carl Boucher and drummer JP Rochon to complete the band to release the EP. Consisting of six tracks, I gave the EP a full listen after seeing it played live in full at the EP release show.
Room 207 starts out strong with the song Just Like Any Other. As the song starts I got an All Time Low vibe that really drew me in, but as the song progressed it definitely got me hooked with the catchy chorus. Just Like Any Other is also a song that’s perfect for the band’s live performance since the entire end of the song becomes kind of a sing along between the band and crowd.
The EP keeps on going strong with It’s Not Too Late, It’s Never Too Late. The chorus of this track has amazing background vocals along with carrying on the catchiness we just heard from the first track, leading to believe that this EP is going to be something stuck in your head for quite awhile.
Can’t You See confirms our thoughts while giving us another track to play over and over in our heads. I especially like how the guitars build up to certain parts of the song. A Secret I Can’t Keep slows the EP down a bit. It’s about a girl who’s extremely fake and it comes back to hurt her.
The next track, Stop And Think (When Failure Is Not An Option), is one of my favorites off the EP. While easily the catchiest track has some of the best elements of the other songs all in one. With great back up vocals and perfectly timed instruments, Stop And Think will definitely be on repeat when I’m playing music. Finally, the EP ends with Good Friends Are Like Bright Stars. While the song starts slow it builds up more and more and has the same sing along element I liked with the first track.
Overall, Hartford is definitely a band to look out for. This is just the beginning for them. Room 207 is sure to be a huge hit in Canada and hopefully everywhere else too! Catch Hartford around Canada through July with Going Through The Motions and In Lights. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/hartford819.
1. Just Like Any Other
2. It’s Not Too Late, It’s Never Too Late
3. Can’t You See
4. A Secret I Can’t Keep
5. Stop And Think (When Failure Is Not An Option)
6. Good Friends Are Like Bright Stars
Favorite Tracks: Just Like Any Other, It’s Not Too Late, It’s Never Too Late, Stop And Think (When Failure Is Not An Option)
Similar Artists: All Time Low, Blink-182
Rating Out of Ten: 9/10